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june 13, 2008



Foundation Makes June Grants of $7,500

Junior Lifeguards, Del Mar TV and Playwrights Project for local schools.

By Shelley Moore

Through its granting process, the Del Mar Foundation is committed to supporting Del Mar projects and programs which promote civic pride and cohesiveness, help acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, or offer diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. The recipients of Del Mar Foundation grants during the June funding cycle are Del Mar Junior Lifeguards, Del Mar TV and Playwrights Project for WINS Tour productions at local schools. All grantees received their full requested amount for a total of $7,500 in grant support. The final grant cycle deadline this year is October 1.

Almost every year since we began, the Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Program has been a recipient of a Foundation grant. The Junior Lifeguard Program is designed to give each participant an opportunity to experience the beaches and ocean in a unique way. The Junior Guard offers two programs: a week long for ages 9 - 17; and a two week program for ages 9 - 13. Both groups will learn water safety, first aid, mock rescues, body surfing, paddling, and ocean swimming.

We at the Foundation like to think that the junior lifeguards are actually earning their own money from us as they are the ones who will walk through the crowd at the upcoming Twilight Concerts and ask you if you would like to buy raffle tickets. Please dig deeply into your pockets for this very worthy cause and win a chance at some great prizes. Raffle sales begin at 5:30 pm and prizes include certificates for dinners at some of Del Mar's best restaurants as well as gift baskets.

The Del Mar TV grant will support the Del Mar Journal production and editing as well as distribution of the Teen Justice program. Del Mar Television Foundation is devoted to supporting Del Mar's Public Access Television station. Its main focus is to provide programming, communication and education, training and historical archiving for Del Mar and its surrounding communities.

The Playwrights Project will now be able to provide WINS Tour productions at local schools including Earl Warren and Torrey Pines High School . The Playwrights Project promotes literacy, creativity, and communication through drama-based activities, with an emphasis on inspiring youth and seniors.

The Foundation accepts grant applications three times a year: February 1, June 1, and October 1. An applicant may apply as often as needed. The Foundation gives preference to Del Mar organizations that do not have ready access to other sources of income. Grants are typically awarded in the range of up to $2,500. The Foundation is also willing to support organizations in other ways, such as providing "seed" funding for projects or new ideas which may not have 501(c)(3) status.



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